Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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6:30 am
Fri February 6, 2015

A Musical Life: Jim Vegas

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Influenced by blues, jazz, and all things American music, Jim Vegas has lived in Boston (where he attended Berklee College of Music), Chicago, Fort Collins, Colorado, Los Angeles, and now Wichita. His wide range of influences and experiences can be heard via his songs, including those found on his latest release, The Bullfight in Our Heads.

On his song, “The Dream Thief”:

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Music
5:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Time For Three: Trio For Beyond The End Of Time

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Time For Three is not an act for musical purists. The group’s repertoire includes explorations of folk, Americana, bluegrass and classical music. The bandmate’s co-founder Ranaan Meyer says that he and his bandmates Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall, both on violin, came together at exactly the right time a little more than a decade ago. They were students at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and back then, the dividing lines between classical and popular music were beginning to erode, perhaps more than ever.

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Music
3:50 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Releases From Dylan, Dengue Fever, And Gov’t Mule With John Scofield Arrive

'El Corazon' from Steve Earle
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Monday, February 2: El Corazon is the 1997 album from Steve Earle, featuring guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Supersuckers, and Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle. Listen for selections from this release as well as music from the Grateful Dead’s landmark 1970 release Workingman’s Dead.

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Books
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Christopher Scotton Tackles Big Issues, Complex Relationships With Debut Novel

Christopher Scotton
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Christopher Scotton’s debut novel, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, tells the story of a young man living with his mother and grandfather deep in the heart of Appalachia. The book’s young protagonist, Kevin, and his mother are trying to cope with the death of Kevin’s young brother. Set against the backdrop of mountaintop removal and a murder, the novel has already been proclaimed a classic by some critics.

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Music
9:27 am
Wed January 14, 2015

New Music From Panda Bear, The Decemberists, Murder By Death, And Justin Townes Earle

Noah Lennox, 'Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper'
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Saturday, January 17: Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is the latest release from former Animal Collective vocalist Noah Lennox, who has just released his fifth album. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Big Dark Love, the upcoming release by Indiana’s Murder By Death.

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Commentary
9:16 am
Fri January 9, 2015

A Musical Life: Joal Cachero

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Joal Cachero performs and records under the name Golden Living Room. Golden Living Room has three releases to date available via This Ain't Heaven Recording Concern. Cachero will issue two split releases in the coming months, including one with Dreamcrusher.

My name is Joal Cachero and my primary musical project is called Golden Living Room.

I was very influenced by video game music--a lot. I liked the way it sounded.

People are calling it vaporwave.

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Commentary
7:44 am
Tue January 6, 2015

The Monkees Lost Their Minds With Head

Released in 1968 Head, starring The Monkees, is one of the strangest rock ‘n’ roll films ever made. Tired of their image as cute and cuddly TV stars the manufactured group almost entirely destroyed its reputation in the course of 86 minutes with the plotless picture.

Head takes on celebrity, the war in Vietnam, psychedelic culture, and, of course, the band’s image. The film flopped although the director Bob Rafelson and co-producers Jack Nicholson and Bert Schneider would have more success with films such as Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces.

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Music
9:57 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Remembering Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeff Golub, And Another Vinyl Friday

Country music legend Little Jimmy Dickens

Friday, January 9: We remember beloved country music legend Little Jimmy Dickens, who died on January 2 at the age of 94. Dickens is best known for songs such as “Country Boy” and “I’m Little But I’m Loud.” We also remember guitarist Jeff Golub, who died on January 1 at age 59. Golub recorded a number of records in the blues and jazz genres but also collaborated with rock artists such as Rod Stewart, Peter Wolf and Billy Squier.

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Music
1:02 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Ringing in 2015 With The Best of 2014

'Monster Movie' by The Rainmakers
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Thursday, January 1: Listen for selections from Monster Movie, the latest release from Kansas City, Mo.’s The Rainmakers. The band returns to its live roots for this collection of songs about life in the United States in 2014, plus selections from Where The Woodbine Twineth, the sophomore release from the Wichita duo Elliot Road.

Friday, January 2: We highlight our Best of 2014 list with selections from Thompson, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan and others.

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Commentary
7:31 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

A Musical Life: Lacey Cruse

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Lacey Cruse’s first album, Turn Me On, is the culmination of years of singing and songwriting. Cruse’s blend of rootsy blues music can be attributed to a wide range of influences, including Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.

My sister-in-law sent me a Christmas card a couple of years ago. And I thought to myself, ‘I don’t send Christmas cards. A lot of people do and I just don’t. So, what kind of girl am I?’

It morphed into "What kind of girl I’m not," rather than "what kind of girl I am."

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